You have survived a half day or all day interview.
The company is taking you out for a great meal:
some friendly talk, maybe jokes, chummin' it up.
Be aware of this classic, frequent misperception.
This is your next interview; this is their meal.
And never ever talk with your mouth full.
Why is this such a big thing ... it's a meal, right?
Demonstrating proper business etiquette allows a worker to maintain positive
working relationships with colleagues and to build rapport with clients. It may also
affect employment and promotion opportunities. Business etiquette is a set of
manners and behaviors viewed as acceptable to people in a particular culture.
Professional etiquette is an unwritten code of conduct regarding the interactions
among the members in a business setting. When proper professional etiquette is
used, all involved are able to feel more comfortable, and things tend to flow more
Social Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior
according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or
1. You can't talk with food in your mouth and expect no one to notice.
This may be a business meal but it is still a business interview.
Take some food with you to reduce your hunger before the meal.
2. Stay away from alcoholic beverages even if they're drinking.
A joint study by the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania
revealed that merely seeing someone hold a drink is enough to make them
seem less intelligent. While Job candidates frequently think that ordering
a glass of wine over a dinner interview will make them appear intelligent
and worldly, it actually makes the come across as less intelligent and less
hirable. The name for this: "imbibing idiot bias." Don't go there!
3. Avoid foods that will end on your clothing.
You know which ones they are ... nothing like pasta with tomato sauce
all over your floral colored tie and white shirt. A picture they will remember.
4. It's a business meal ... get the best they have to offer!
Showing you can order the high priced foods and beverages may send the
signal you are a big spender on the company's dime. Bad image to send.
5. Remember: This is a business MEETING that has some food.
The purpose is to learn more about you. Stuffing your face with caviar and
exotic seafood can quickly be two strikes against you when you can't talk.
6. Brush up on dining etiquette
You want to show you can work a desk and a dinner table just as well. Put
your coffee in the butter plate, or use the wrong fork are signs you are better
more a McDonald's person than fine business dining.
7. Be confident of yourself
Projecting you believe in yourself sends a strong signal. Signs of self-doubt
will create questions about your ability for the position you seek.